Written By: John DeRousie / Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – Program supervisor Andrea Burritt has announced that Kristian Allen and Jacqueline Cowher have joined the staff of Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s Parent Education Program as Intensive Parent Educators.
Currently serving more than 70 families throughout Oswego County, Catholic Charities’ Parent Education Program provides in-home supportive outreach for families who are at risk of losing their children to foster care or are attempting to reunite with their children.
Allen, who holds a bachelors degree in Public Justice from SUNY Oswego, joined the agency in 2008 and was most recently a counselor with Catholic Charities’ Family Support Services.
Her experience in counseling children with mental health and behavioral issues was what motivated her to join the Parent Education Program.
“I enjoy working with children and as a counselor I realized that to really help the children you need to reach the parents first. That’s what drew me to the position of an Intensive Parent Educator as I will have more time to work with parents and help them create a better environment for their children,” she said.
Cowher received her bachelors degree in Political Science from Flagler College in Florida and previously worked at Oswego Hospital Behavioral Services.
After working with those who have come from broken families, she wanted to be able to work in the area of prevention and help break the cycle of abuse and broken families.
“Having worked with parents who experienced the frustration of coming from a broken home when they were younger and children who are currently coming from broken homes, I am happy to have the opportunity to work with families to help prevent those situations, and reunify families who are dealing with separation issues,” said Cowher.
As an Intensive Parent Educators, Kristian and Jacqueline will provide intensive, short-term, home based, crisis intervention services offering families in crisis the alternative to remain safely together, averting the out-of-home placement of children whenever possible and to return children home as soon as possible.
The Intensive Program combines skill based intervention with maximum flexibility so that services are available to families according to their unique needs.
Among other services, family members may receive individual and family supportive counseling, parenting education, child development training, household maintenance education, nutritional training, job readiness training, and referrals to other community resources.
The primary focus for Intensive Parent Educators is assisting families in managing crisis and restoring them to an acceptable level of functioning.
“We provide parents with the tools and knowledge necessary so that they can improve their current parenting skills and develop a better connection with their children. We are also advocates as we help them access other programs and services that will compliment our efforts,” said Allen.
The two will also be involved with teaching the many parenting classes that the program hosts throughout the year.
These classes are specifically designed for parenting children based on their ages.
The facilitators will focus on safety, abuse prevention and improving parenting skills.
For more information, call Burritt at 598-3980.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation.
Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s programs are the County of Oswego, the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.